Thursday, January 26, 2012

The LuLac Edition #1917, January 26th, 2012

Attorney Matt Cartwright left making a point on the set of WYOU TV's Interactive News. Your blog editor is in the center, Eric Sheiner is on the right.

Prospective candidate for the State House, Ransom Young.

Hiram Fong for President button.

The Apollo 1 Astronauts, Ed White, Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee.

Como Phobia logo.

Our 1967 logo.

Pa. State Supreme Court: Standing L-R: Justice McCaffery, Justice Baer, Justice Todd, Justice Orie Melvin . Seated L-R: Justice Saylor, Chief Justice Castille, Justice Eakin.


The Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out the new redistricting plan that was put into motion earlier this year by the geniuses in the State Legislature. By a vote of 4 to 3 the Court essentially invalidated the redistricting plan and put everyone back on Square One. The two-page order says current district lines remain in force until the commission comes up with a new plan that passes legal tests. Justices Thomas Saylor justices J. Michael Eakin and Joan Orie Melvin, said they were not persuaded the plan was contrary to law "as reflected in the existing precedent." The majority votes came from Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, Justices Max Baer, Debra McCloskey Todd, and Seamus P. McCaffery. This decision has many ramifications for LuLac land. In Lackawanna County Ken smith’s district reverts back to the way it was impacting on a possible challenge there. In Luzerne County, GOPers Rick Arnold and Maiiloux are effected too. Mailloux lives in the 121st in the new plan, does not in the old plan. Arnold’s campaign against incumbent Gerry Mullery gets a little more challenging with the old rules in play. And Tarah Toohill’s challenger, Ransom Young now sees a Toohill district that goes back to the Todd Eachus days. The Court sent the Legislators back to the drawing board. Since the line makers are controlled by the GOP it would be in their best interests to get this done quickly. If not, chaos will ensue.


With the faltering of the Mitt Romney campaign, the insurgency of the Gingrich campaign, and the less than passionate embracing of Rick Santorum and Ron Paul as logical standard bearers, there is talk among GOP power forces of a brokered convention. If that appears to be happening, look for certain Republican governors to be approached to run as “Favorite Sons”. The definition of a favorite son is a state delegation sometimes nominates and votes for a candidate from the state, or less often from the state's region, who is not a viable candidate. The technique allows state leaders to negotiate with leading candidates in exchange for the delegation's support. The technique was widely used in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Since nationwide campaigns by candidates and binding primary elections have replaced brokered conventions, the technique has fallen out of use. But consider this, if Romney and Gingrich split the delegates and Santorum has a fair share too, the Convention may not nominate on the first ballot. Large states can take a portion of their uncommitted delegates and run a candidate say in Pennsylvania like Governor Tom Corbett. Corbett’s name is put in nomination on the first ballot. State GOP officials then pledge to vote on the second ballot for a candidate. In the 1960 Democratic Convention, Lyndon Johnson had many pledges of support for the second ballot if John Kennedy did not get the nomination on the first ballot. He did and made the point moot. The last time “favorite sons” came into play was the 1968 Republican Convention. Nixon came to Miami short of 50 votes for nomination. Favorite Sons that year were Senator Hiram Fong of Hawaii, Senator Clifford Case of New Jersey, Governor Raymond Shafer of Pennsylvania (who was a stand in for Nelson Rockefeller and held 22 votes in his name) Winthrop Rockefeller, Governor of Arkansas nominated receiving 18 votes, Louie Nunn Governor of Kentucky , Governor Dan Evans of Washington State and Governor Ronald Reagan of California. The conservatives rallied around Reagan giving him 182 in the final count on the first ballot. If Nixon’s totals began to falter, the role of “The Favorite Sons” listed would be to release their delegates either to the leader, Nixon or the runner up, Nelson Rockefeller. Nixon had the votes because Rocky was trailing him with a total of 250 votes. In the 1976 GOP convention, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford were fighting tooth and nail for delegates. Reagan named his Vice Presidential pick early. It was Senator Richard Schweiker of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania delegation Chair Drew Lewis (later to become Reagan’s Transportation Secretary) reportedly said he could shake loose 90 delegates from the Pa. delegation by Reagan making the move. Reagan did get some votes from Pennsylvania but not enough to beat Ford. So when you hear the term “Favorite Son” and ‘”brokered convention”, it’s all about delegate numbers and where they can go in a tight residential race for the nomination.


It’s official, Tim Holden has an opponent for the 117th District. A district that was tailor made for a Democrat like Holden (because the GOP wanted to bolster the districts of Lou Barletta and om Marino) is now going to feature a battle royale between the incumbent Congressman and the Scranton area attorney. Cartwright kicked off his campaign for the new 17th district portraying himself as an advocate of the middle class and working families. Cartwright introduced himself as a Democrat from the Democratic wing of the Democratic party. He said he would act like a real Democrat and invoked the name of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his presentation. Cartwright interestingly enough never mentioned his foe by name. The April Primary is going to be the second straight contested Democratic party primary in Northeastern Pennsylvania,


The Scranton Times reports that more than 50 Lackawanna County employees will have to reapply for their jobs if they want to be part of Democratic Commissioners Jim Wansacz and Corey O'Brien's new administration.
The majority commissioners said Tuesday they have sent or will send letters to all department directors and deputy directors, along with every solicitor, advising them to make an appointment to discuss their position if they wish to be considered for continued service in county government.
The administration will also accept new applications for all of the jobs as Mr. Wansacz and Mr. O'Brien continue what they described as a top-to-bottom review of county operations.
Mr. Wansacz said he and Mr. O'Brien have made it clear since winning the majority in the November election that they planned to evaluate every county employee. Both O’Brien and Wansacz essentially owe the county managers nothing. The practice of hiring on merit came about after the Cordaro/Munchak administration. Both Mike Washo and Corey O’Brien faced with tremendous debt were quick to streamline staff. This on going endeavor is only going to strengthen the perception that the new duo want transparency and merit. Both men were bitter primary rivals in the spring 2011 primary but ran as a team in the General Election. Patrick O’Malley former Democrat turned Republican is the minority Commissioner.


Bob Cordaro and A.J. Munchak might have been home for Christmas but whether they are going to be in town for the Super Bowl is another matter. Both men were in Federeal Court in Wilkes Barre before Judge Richard Caputo arguing for leniency in their sentences. In news interviews, Cordaro looked chastened and sincere. Munchak looked worried but resigned. Both men face sentencing on January 30th in Scranton. It should be noted that the witnesses who said they bribed both Munchak and Cordaro were never brought up on charges themselves.


He wants it to the last address of his first term. The GOP wants it to be the last State of the Union address ever. Tuesday night the President was in rare form showing some punch and fire. In his third State of the Union address, Obama issued a populist call for income equality that echoed the Occupy Wall Street movement. He challenged GOP lawmakers to work with him or move aside so he could use the power of the presidency to produce results for an electorate uncertain whether he deserves another term.
Facing a deeply divided Congress, Obama appealed for lawmakers to send him legislation on immigration, clean energy and housing, knowing full well the election-year prospects are bleak but aware that polls show that the independent voters who lifted him to the presidency crave bipartisanship. The reality of all of this is that nothing much of substance is going to get done this year. Obama is in campaign mode and did his post State of the Union address to battleground states. Obama did tout the killing of Bin Laden, the fact that his administration saved GM and that the troops are home from Iraq. Those are huge accomplishments. Those are just a few things the GOP can’t pick at him about. Meanwhile 4 GOP challengers, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul all continue to slog on in hopes of being the candidate in November to take on Obama. One has to wonder why anyone would ever want to do it after seeing the wear and tear on reputations, personal lives and even the aging process.



Ransom Young Announces Candidacy for State Representative in 116th District.
Ransom Young announces today that he is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for State Representative in the 116th district. Young, 57, a life-long resident of Butler Township with deep roots in Southern Luzerne County, owns and operates the family farm of four generations that has been enrolled under the Luzerne County Agricultural Preservation Program since 2001. He is married to Deborah Jones, formerly of West Hazleton.
Young, no stranger to civic involvement has been a member of Butler Township Board of Supervisors for 28 years and was former chairman. Young has been chairman, vice chairman and is currently treasurer of the Luzerne County Association of Elected Officials. He feels his involvement will benefit both his candidacy and the people o the 116th district. "I'm proud of the fact that Butler Township boasts one of the lowest property taxes in Luzerne County. I've worked hard over the years to make sure we've kept taxes low while still providing the services the citizens of the township deserve. Despite our low taxes we've managed to build and maintain a full time police force, provided recreational facilities and maintained good roads and invested 17.7 million dollars to update our sewage treatment plant." In describing his desire to run, Young states; "This district needs a representative that symbolizes the face of the community, and I am willing to fight for those people. I'm a blue-collar person who will use common sense when facing a problem. I think what is missing in Harrisburg is the common sense approach. As a candidate and State Representative, I promise you, no one will work harder for you than I will. I will surround myself with quality and caring people."
"The Marcellus Shale issue is something that concerns everyone. Once we lose our fresh water source, we lose it forever. We have to make sure that regulations are in place to keep our people and our water safe. We have an amazing opportunity to eliminate our dependency on foreign energy sources, if we manage it correctly. With nearly 8% unemployment in the state we must ensure that the jobs created in the gas industry are for Pennsylvania residents; we have the best skilled and most dedicated workers in America. If the gas industry paid their fair share in a severance tax, the money could go into the general fund so that the gambling revenues would go towards property tax relief as it was originally intended."
"I believe I am the best choice for this office, because I understand the issues and will represent the diverse people of the 116th district, from Huntington Mills to Hazleton. I am a farmer, worked blue-collar jobs and I have balanced budgets in local government. I'm ready to take on this responsibility and I'm asking for your support in April and November.
Ransom Young is running for the Democratic nomination for State Representative in the 116th District. A fourth generation resident of Butler Township, Luzerne County, he currently runs a family farm, and has served on his local Board of Township Commissioners for twenty-eight years, including time as Chairman. The district was comprised of the city of Hazleton; the townships of Black Creek, Butler, Conyngham, Dorrance, Hazle (part), Hollenback, Huntington, Nescopeck, Salem, Sugarloaf, and Union; and the boroughs of Conyngham, Nescopeck, New Columbus, and Shickshinny in Luzerne County.


A bill to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to 153 members, from the current 203 members, heads to the House floor, after the bill passed out of committee. The bill, House Bill 153, authored by Speaker Sam Smith, passed the House State Government Committee by a vote of 18-6.
“There is nothing magical about the number 203, in fact, it came about by accident, yet reports and studies have indicated that groups more than 150 tend to be less efficient,” Smith said. “Reaching a consensus with 203 people on major and controversial issues has proven more difficult in recent times.”
With 203 members, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is the second largest in the country. “In order to right-size Pennsylvania’s government, the Legislature needs to put its own house in order,” Smith said. “Today’s committee vote positions the bill for consideration by the full House in the next several weeks.”
To change the size of the Legislature requires an amendment to the state Constitution, which means the same bill must be debated and passed in two consecutive sessions, and subsequently approved by referendum vote of the people of Pennsylvania.


NARAL Pro-Choice America will mark the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade with an annual dinner on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at the Hilton Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C. The program will include remarks from NARAL Pro-Choice America President Nancy Keenan and a keynote address from The Honorable Patrick Murphy. In addition to the speeches and award presentation, Susie Essman, comedienne starring in the critically-acclaimed HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm, will serve as the event’s mistress of ceremonies. She has also appeared in her own half-hour HBO comedy special, made numerous appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The View, and Crank Yankers, to name just a few of her many television credits.



The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) will air LIVE coverage of the public memorial service for former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno. Coverage is courtesy of WPSU-TV. The service, which will be held at the Bryce Jordan Center, is scheduled to air statewide on PCN beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 26. The coverage will also be streamed LIVE at by clicking on the “watch now” streaming option located on the website’s homepage.
Following the coverage of the memorial service, PCN will open up the phone lines to allow viewers to share their comments about Joe Paterno with a statewide audience. Viewers are asked to dial toll-free at 1-877-PA6-5001 to participate.
Joe Paterno coached the Penn State football team from 1966 until his firing in November of last year in the aftermath of the child sex abuse charges against former Penn State football defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky. The 85-year-old former coach passed away on Sunday just months after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
PCN is a nonprofit, noncommercial news organization created and supported by cable television companies. PCN receives no state or federal funding. Network programming is distributed on more than 150 cable systems in Pennsylvania serving more than 10 million Pennsylvanians in 3.3 million homes. A complete listing of PCN affiliates and network channel designations is available by visiting PCN's website at


ECTV Live will welcome Sarah Keating, Vice President for Enrollment at Keystone College for it's weekly schedule of programs beginning on January 30th. The school will be offering some special activities to mark Black History month in February. Those, and many other free events open to the general public will be the topics of discussion for the show which, as hosted by Judge Tom Munley, was created by co-host David DeCosmo to highlight events and organizations improving the quality of life in the area. ECTV Live is available to Comcast Cable viewers on Ch19 and is presented each day at Noon and Midnight with additional 6pm showings several days during the week. You can check the complete ECTV daily schedule at http://sites.


This week Shadoe Steele presents Saturday Night Live at the Oldies on WILK AM and FM. The show starts at 7pm and is on until midnight with ABC News on the top of the hour. Shadoe’s guest this week is Brett Michaels, of the Celebrity Apprentice.


What it's like to run for office for the 1st time as a political novice--the good, bad and ugly. Guest: Former Hazleton Mayoral Candidate, Jeff Cusat. And at the end of this show, a discussion of Hazleton issues and Tiffany’s "polite" request of Hazleton officials...this week on WYLN TV on Th 930p, Sat 5p, Sun 11a, Mon 830p, T 930p.


This Weekend On Sunday Magazine...Brian Hughes speaks with political activist & State Representative candidate Kevin Haggerty about the school voucher bill in Pennsylvania, and issues in the 112th Legislative District. Brian speaks with Karin Volo, the founder of the website, who discusses the 4 years she spend in prison for a crime she did not commit, and how she’s dedicated to bringing joy, and helping others facing difficult situations in life. And Magic 93’s Frankie in the Morning speaks with Scott Hall & Nick Walet from the Graham Academy about their free baseball clinic for youngsters with autism and special needs. Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5:30am on JR 93.7 & 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X, 6:30am on Magic 93, and 9:30am on WARM 590 AM.


U.S. astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward Higgins White, and Roger Chaffee are killed when fire breaks out in their Apollo spacecraft during a launch pad test.

In Pennsylvania as Governor Ray Shafer’s term begins, a constitutional convention was meeting to overhaul state government. Shafer had made this the very foundation of his term as Lt. Governor… Scranton City Councilman James Doherty criticizes the Walsh administration’s meetings with the Scranton Redevelopment Authority. Doherty says that Council members were not duly informed of the times. A meeting was held to resolve this issue and 45 years ago the number 1 song in America and LuLac land was “Kind of A Drag” by the Buckinghams.



At 2:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked for Columbia Records in Cleveland (in the warehouse)in '67.
The Buckinghams got busted for pot
as I recall and it was a big deal because it was am early drug bust
and the Buckinghams were squeaky clean! I dont remember much other than that. I think it got fairly well handled and nobody went to jail. One of the best features of the warehouse job was tickets to almost evrything Columbia was involved in which was a lot! I remember I'd be running around the warehouse working my ass off and one salesman would always ask, "So, How do ya like show business, Kid?"

Pete Cassidy

At 3:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its almost 4 AM and I have had a drink or two, but did Newt say he'd put a manned station on the Moon by 2020? Damn, that guy reminds me more of JFK everyday,
wouldnt you say?
Can you locate one of those old Family Values, Clintons a fornicator clips from the Nueter?

Carey Avenue Jack

At 6:53 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Once again Mr. Yonki has submitted his daily paper on that tumultuous year of 1967. Although it is good to be nostalgic, like a vintage wine, it is best handled in small doses.
I distinctly recall the Saturday evening when it was announced that the Astronauts of Apollo I perished in that horrific fire on the launch pad at Cape Kennedy (which, thankfully has now been restored to its former name, Cape Canavaral). These three brave men, Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee are true American heroes who, like their brethren in the space program, possessed an enormous amount of intelligence with a combination of good old masculinity. TO put it in words your generation could understand, suppose you could combine Steven Hawkings with the academically challenged but talented football player Eli Manning. You get the idea.
Grissom, White and Chaffee were all family men, devoted to their wives, their country and their religion. More importantly they were a product of an educational system that did not reward apathy with a medal.
One of the reasons that so many of you lack the manners and the courtesy required to make a decent living is that you were raised in an environment in which you were not required to perform your best.
If you failed at a contest of athletics you were still given a medal. No one in your generation is willing to accept the natural order of things.
I will remind you: Some of you may go on to be doctors, lawyers, or even Professors. Additionally a great number of you will go on to be plumbers, electricians or sanitation workers. Equally in addition, some of you will go on to work in restaurants as waiters/waitresses or in various custodial positions.
Now the important thing to remember is that ALL OF THESE JOBS ARE NECESSARY FOR A SOCIETY TO FUNCTION.
THe problem of today is that no one seems to be willing to accept his/her lot in life. And this is one of the reasons for the Occupy Wall Street protests. Many of these students were financed by Uncle Sam and Mom and Dad for an expensive college education (look around at one another) on subject matters such as Mathematics, Finance or History, on which none of you are proficient.
And you wonder why you cannot find employment????
We need to restructure our educational system. Our high school teachers need to be more upfront and honest with their students and the parents as to little JOhnny or Susie's proficiency----promising or not.
Then we can finally get back on the road to redemption.
Hopefully this will all begin next January 20th.
Something to think about this morning. I thank you.
Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 9:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If some Dem shook his/her finger and argued puplicly with a GOP President, the Republicans would go crazy talking about disrespecting the office and the President! And they'd be right. Who the hell does the Arizona governor think she is? And is low class better than no class at all?
She acted like he was an illegal alien. Maybe thats what she thought. Have some respect, Lady!


At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont read ya, Professor. I skip over your comments like a bug on a linoleum floor.
Do read Lulac tho, and think minus the professor, its a well organized good read and consistent in format. Some of the comments are very good too. Obviously a lot of time and research goes into writing a daily column let alone putting the whole thing together.
Are you ready to hire an editor or
maybe an errand girl? I aint no kid and I do have public relations experience. I am not tall but I am willing to dye my hair red!
Please advise.

A relatively new Lulacer.

At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

enough about joepa already. let him go. everyone. i am sure he has done more good for more young men than we will ever know. I just wonder if all the young victims of a pedophile are feeling the love everyone is sending joe's way.

At 5:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the citizens of Lackawanna County saw stars in their eyes when they voted for Patrick O'Malley for County Commissioner. We don't need no stinking Hollywood actor on the Board of Commissioners. And how is O'Malley going to attend every meeting when he has his TV commitments? I love his character on "Modern Family" as Cam but I think O'Malley should have been more forthright and honest with the voters about his "other" job!

At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee are true American heroes" These three men were something special and accomplished much more than the average person could ever hope to but I am sick and tired of people using the word "hero" in describing people who lose their lives simply because they were in the wrong lace at the wrong time. A true hero are the warriors who in time of war knowingly put their lives in jeopardy knowing what dangers they face. Winners of the Medal of Honor are not the only heroes in this world but they are a great example of a man putting his own safety behind him while he does extraordinary actions to save the lives of others or to simply carry on their duty as was done by the late Gino Merly. A fireman who charges into a fire to save a life is another example. A person who dives into freezing water to save a drowning victim is another example. My point is that real heroes knowingly put themselves in harms way. The three astronauts suffered a terrible death but they were not heroes. They were doing their jobs and suffered an industrial accident. Please stop cheapening the true meaning of the word hero and being a make believe professor does not allow license to abuse the term.

At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one in your generation is willing to accept the natural order of things.

In order to accept the natural order of things, one must be taught and cognizant enough to recognize concepts. Then, action is required.

We have allowed the last two generations to be "altered" and deformed.

Change will occur only when the pain of continuing is unbearable. No government or political party created this mess and neither is capable of changing it.

It must start with Mom and Dad.

At 10:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class.

One day while the class was in the lab, the professor noticed one young man, an exchange student,
who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt. The professor asked the young man what was the matter.

The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country
who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new communist regime.

In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked: "Do you know how to catch wild pigs?"

The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line.

The young man said that it was no joke. "You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground.

The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free corn.

"When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming.

When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence.

"They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side.

"The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again.

You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom.

They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn.

They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity."

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in America .

The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies,
dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc.

One should always remember two truths:

There is no such thing as a free lunch and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself.

While we continually lose our freedoms, a little at a time God help us all when the gate slams shut!

At 11:55 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

I love his character on "Modern Family" as Cam but I think O'Malley should have been more forthright and honest with the voters about his "other" job!

At 11:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOve the Como feature. I'm sure your old girlfriend's grandmothers do too.

At 2:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, Patrick Murphy rules.

Second, Hey look! It's Fake-Professor Cleaver who's not really a professor!

Casey Evans

At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Mean Old Man said...

If all singers were like Mr. Como, the music world would be a brighter place. To hell with Rock and Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 1:32 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

I distinctly recall the Saturday evening when it was announced that the Astronauts of Apollo I perished in that horrific fire.

At 8:43 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Mr. Yonki,
Young man, you may very well be correct on the day....once again, I commend you on your research! Unlike many of the younger generation, I have no difficulty admitting when I am incorrect.

In your humble academian's defense, however, I will remind you that I am up in years and my memory is not what it used to be. Still, I was only off by one day.

Commendations to you!
Class Dismissed!!!!!


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